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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Athfest 2013: EoA's Guide to Athfest: Kristen's Concert Picks Special Edition

Every year, I tackle the mission of narrowing down the massive 150+ list of bands rockin' Athfest to make my schedule of sets to see.  Determined not to miss a single incredible tune, I sample every band online to find the best of the best. Of course, I hardly expect anyone else to be as insane as I am.  That's why, this time around, I'm giving you a list of tried and true favorites that you've just got to catch in action!

Thurs, June 21:

Flagpole Athens Music Awards @ 7:30 PM @ Morton Theater
For me, Athfest always begins with the Flagpole Athens Music Awards! I'll give you more info about this show tomorrow, so stay tuned.

MAXfext @ 8:30 PM @ MAX
Catch an awesome lineup of bands including Yo Soybean, Sam Sniper, and Holy Liars at MAXfest.  And, can you believe it, the whole show is FREE.  Definitely a wild way to usher in the festival!

Fri, June 22:

The Warm Fuzzies @ 5:45 PM @ Hull Street Stage
The Warm Fuzzies are all about fun!  Get your Friday afternoon Athfest on with their hilarious set of tunes.

Modern Skirts @ 9:00 PM @ Pulaski Street Stage
This is it, guys.  THE FINAL SHOW OF THE MODERN SKIRTS!  Yeah, it's that big of a deal.  Sing along to your longtime favorite tunes as they bid a fond farewell to their incredible run.

Betsy Kingston and the Crowns @ 11:00 PM @ New Earth Music Hall
Passion is the name of the game with Betsy Kingston and the Crowns.  If you like intense southern rock, this is your band!

Yip Deceiver @ 11:15 PM @ Georgia Theatre
If you're a fan of Of Montreal, you'll love Yip Deceiver.  These guys know how to throw down and party!

Dream Boat @ 11:15 PM @ World Famous
Dream Boat's soft acoustic sweetness will caress your ears and flow into your being.  What a delicious experience!

Thayer Sarrano @ 12:00 AM @ Caledonia Lounge
You'll be blown away by Thayer Sarrano's beautiful voice!

Reptar @ 12:30 AM @ Georgia Theatre
Current rulers of the Athens music scene, Reptar is always a good time. You just can't help but go wild when these guys step onstage.  If you haven't experienced one of their shows yet, don't miss your chance to see what all of the hype is about!

Sat, June 23:

Sam Sniper @ 5:30 PM @ Hull Street Stage
These unique folk rockers are always worth a listen.  Check 'em out!

The Skipperdees @ 8 PM @ Melting Point
The ever-talented Skipperdees weave together strings and vocals to create an unbelievable soft and twangy style!

Kenney Blackmon String Band @ 9 PM @ Melting Point
I have yet to see this band in action, but if their songs online are any indication, their fiddle-driven tunes are nothing short of amazing!

Feather Trade @ 9 PM @ Go Bar
Feather Trade's got a dark rock sound like no other.  Fill you ears with their rockin' songs!

Bambara @ 12 AM @ Caledonia Lounge
You knew it was coming. Blog favorite Bambara returns to the Ath-town once more to give us that limitless noise rock sound we've been craving!  They may be Brooklyn boys now, but they know Athens is always pumped to let them melt our faces off with their tunes again.

Sun, June 24:

Dangfly! @ 4:00 PM @ Hull Street Stage
I've heard nothing but awesome things about Dangfly!  Judging from their sound online, the band's use of the strings sets their indie rock style apart from the rest.

Lera Lynn @ 5:45 PM @ Pulaski Street Stage
Lera Lynn's powerful voice and indie folk rock combine to make every show of hers just spectacular!

Want to see these show picks on the go?  If you're bringing your smartphone or tablet along with you, our site is mobile-friendly, so don't hesitate to click on over here for some show suggestions during the festival as well!

** Remember: exploration is key. I encourage you to check out all the bands you can find at Athfest 2013. Let this list just serve as a starting point to help keep you from getting lost in the massive sea of sights and mind-blowing sounds!

Also, we've got videos from Athfests past of many of these bands up on our Echoreyn of Athens YouTube channel if you want to get a feel for their sound. And hey, if you like what you see, feel free to subscribe! We'll be putting up footage from some of the best shows we see at Athfest this year once the festival ends.

Stay tuned for our final Athfest 2013 Guide coming tomorrow!

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